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Project Wishbone: Last year, Helpline House’s Project Wishbone provided 170 Thanksgiving dinners to families on Bainbridge. Helpline House will accept food donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at 282 Knechtel Way. Earlier donations also welcome. Bring assorted canned food, send a check, or bring by an entire Thanksgiving meal. Info: 842-7621 or www.helplinehouse.org.
Winter Farmers Market: Eating local for Thanksgiving? The Bainbridge Island indoor-outdoor winter Farmers Market begins, running 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at Eagle Harbor Church, corner of Winslow Way and Madison Avenue. Find seasonal produce \ from Laughing Crow, Butler-Green, Sundown Ridge and Persephone Farms, plus wonderful desserts, wines, and crafts for holiday shopping. Vendors inside and out, and plenty to eat while you shop. Info: 855-1500.
Arthur Meet & Greet: Come to the Kids Discovery Museum on Nov. 22 to meet the famous aardvark in person. Be sure to shake his hand and take a photo. Afterward, explore Arthur’s World, a new exhibit based on Marc Brown’s books and PBS series. Free with admission or membership. Info: 855-4650 or www.kidimu.org.
Zoo Shoes: Island children’s writer Lynn Brunelle presents a storytime program based on her new book, “Zoo Shoes: Learn to Tie Your Shoelaces!” at 11 a.m. Nov. 22 at Eagle Harbor Book Co. Info: www.eagleharborbooks.com.
Know Yo-Yo: Author Jim Whiting presents “Five Things You Don’t Know About Yo-Yo Ma,” along with fascinating and fun facts about some of the world’s other most famous and infamous figures, at 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Bainbridge Public Library.His lively program will appeal to both adults and students. Info: 842-4162.
Star Party: Battle Point Astronomical Association will host a planetarium show and star party, “The Best of the Southern Hemisphere,” at 5 p.m. Nov. 22 at Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park. The show will include an image-enhanced planetarium presentation about the current night’s sky, and if the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes, including the Ritchie Telescope, for a look at northern skies. Info: 842-9152.
Israeli Folk Dance: Come to the first annual Congregation Kol Shalom Israeli Dance Night and Bake Sale on Nov. 22 at 9010 Miller Rd. Israeli folk dance is fun, easy to learn, and great exercise – and when you get hungry, enjoy a nosh from our bake sale. Kids/family dance: is from 5-6 p.m., $5 a head, $12 a family. Teen/adult dance is from 7-9 p.m., $8 a head, $12 a family. Preschoolers get in free. Please wear no-scuff shoes. Contact: Carol Tice, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call CKS at 855-0885.
Pegasus Tunes: Carrie Clark, just back from a European tour with her CD “Seems So Civilized,” plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Pegasus Coffee House. Suggested donation: $5. Information: 842-6725 or www.myspace.com/carrieclark.
Uncle Bonsai: The popular Seattle folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai will appear at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Rd. This is the fifth annual Bainbridge Island concert for the trio; concerts usually sell out, so buy tickets early! Cost: $20/$17 advance at Vern’s Winslow Drug. Doors open at 7 p.m. Info: www.unclebonsai.com.
BHS Fall Play: Bainbridge High School Theater Club performs the Italian comedy “The Servant of Two Masters,” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22. An 18th century comedy performed with much slapstick and fast-paced fanfare, the play depicts actors performing street theater in Venice, Italy. Tickets: $10/$5. Contact: Barbara Hume, email@example.com.
New to Bainbridge: The New to Bainbridge Island Group is meeting at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Casa Rojas Restaurant in the Pavillion. Please join us for food, drinks, and conversation. If you have any questions or plan to join us, RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Spencer: A Peter Spencer CD release concert will be held at 8 p.m. Nov. 22 at Island Music Guild. The album, “From the Island,” evolved from a series of informal, relaxed sessions between guitarist Peter Spencer and pianist Dave Bristow during which they explored some novel guitar and piano arrangements of Peter’s songs.Admission: $10. Info: 780-6911.
Posing Pets: Pose your pet with Santa! Bring furry – or not so furry – friend to Bay Hay & Feed, 10355 Valley Rd., during business hours on Nov. 23. There will be music, giveaways, coupons and the jolly old man himself. Info: 842-2813.
Senbongiri: BHS graduate Aaron McCloud will attempt to break a Guinness World speed record for the time taken to make 1,000 target cuts with a Japanese Samurai sword. The attempt will take place at 1 p.m. Nov. 23 at the BHS gymnasium. Proceeds will benefit the Gynecological Cancer Foundation. Info: email@example.com.
Open Mic: All ages and styles welcome for songs, instrumentals, poems, and readings at MCR Open Mic, 7-9:30 p.m. Nov. 23 and every Sunday at Pegasus Coffee House. A piano is available. Hosted by Rick Barrenger. Info: www.pegasuscoffeehouse.com.
Taize: Taize, a Christian Meditation, takes place at 8 p.m. Nov. Nov. 23 at St. Barnabas Church, 1187 Wyatt Way. This is a soothing, contemplative, 30-minute evening service in a quiet, candlelit church, following the worldwide Taize practice of meditation and prayerful chanting led by a cantor and a musician. Information: 842-5601.
City Council: The City Coucil will meet from 6-9:45 p.m. Nov. 24 in Council Chambers, City Hall. Agenda includes update on Puget Sound Partnership Action Agenda, public hearing on Ord. 08-08, Capital Facilities Plan, 08-30, 2009-2010 Budget, and 08-31, 2008 Budget Revisions. Information and full agenda: www.ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us.
Space in Cyberspace: S. George Djorgovski, professor of astronomy at Caltech, presents “Exploring Space in Cyberspace: Large Digital Sky Surveys and Virtual Observatory” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Ritchie Observatory, Battle Point Park. He’ll speak about the effects of the incredible increase in the volume and complexity of astronomy information, mainly driven by large digital sky surveys and the virtual observatory. Free. Info: www.bpastro.org.
Book Sale: Friends of the Library will hold a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Proceeds benefit the library. Information: www.bifriends.org.
Click! Computer Class: The next CLICK! computer class, from 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 25 at the Bainbridge Public Library, will be an email open lab. Sign up for a free email account or practice the basics of your existing email in this hands-on lab. Knowledgeable instructors will be available to answer questions. Registration: 842-4162.
Creative Drama ‘On the Farm’: The youngest aspiring artists are invited to the Kids Discovery Museum for animal-themed movement adventures with an instructor and performing artist Sean Pearson. The class involves interactive storytelling, theater games and role-playing. The fun runs from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Nov. 25. Recommended ages: 3 1/2 and up. Adult participation is not required. Cost: $10 members, $12 Non-members. Registration/info: www.kidimu.org.
IFC Thanksgiving Service: Join the Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Interfaith Council at this year’s Thanksgiving service, at 7 p.m. Nov. 25 at Bethany Lutheran Church. Fourteen different faith groups will participate with singing, music, readings and meditations, with the theme of Thanksgiving for our Earth. We’ll also be collecting food for Helpline House and passing the plate to support a reforestation program in Kenya, as part of the Greenbelt Movement International GBMI). Info: www.binkinterfaith.org.
Library Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving Holiday Hours at the Bainbridge Library will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 26, closed Nov. 27 and 28; and regular hours Nov. 29. Information: 842-4162.
Arthur Storytime: Come to the Kids Discovery Museum at 11 a.m. Nov. 28 for a special reading adventure. Listen to stories about Arthur and his friends and learn about the world created by Marc Brown through activities and hands-on exhibits. Free with admission or membership. Info: 855-4650.
Jingle Django Jazz: The Island Gallery kicks off the holiday season with an evening of gypsy jazz and extraordinary art. Ranger and the Re-Arrangers will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 28 at the gallery, 106 Madison Ave., playing in the upbeat style created in the 1930s by Django Reinhardt and other European string players. Tickets: $20/$10. Seating is limited; reservations recommended. Information: www.theislandgallery.net.
Fall Family Afternoon: Enjoy a Bainbridge Island radition. The fifth annual Fall Family Afternoon takes place from noon-4 p.m. Nov. 29 at IslandWood. Information: www.islandwood.org.
Downtown Holiday: Downtown Bainbridge merchants invite all island families and friends to the Home for the Holidays open house and downtown tree lighting celebration on Nov. 29. The open house, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., includes festive holiday treats, music, in-store specials, promotions, and holiday merriment to kick off the holiday shopping season downtown. the downtown tree lighting with Mayor Kordonowy takes place at 6:30 p.m. in teh Bank Plaza between American Marine Bank and Washington Mutual on Winslow Way. Santa and his elves will arrive by fire truck; the BHS Band and the Community Singers will lead the holiday sing-along. Information: www.bainbridgedowntown.org.
Advent Opportunity: Pam Scalise of Fuller Theological Seminary will offer a three-Sunday series on Old Testament preparation for Christ’s coming. By use of historical recital, covenants and the promise and experience of the Lord’s presence, Scalise will help us put specifically messianic prophecies in a larger context of Old Testament prophecy. Classes will meet at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 and 14 in the Fellowship Hall of Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. All are welcome. Info: 842-3098.
Sustainable Monday: At the next Sustainable First Monday, Bainbridge resident Bill Cleveland presents “Between Grace and Fear: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Change.” Cleveland, who recently publishedd “Art and Upheaval,” is director of the Center for the Study of Art and Community. Hear stories about and discuss the vital role of creativity and art-making in the development of sustainable communities. Meet from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Bainbridge Commons, 402 Brien Dr. Free; bring your personal cup for tea. Info: www.sustainablebainbridge.net or 842-4439.
Potlatch: Kids, bring your moms and dads to a Tyee Nation potlatch and magic show, from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Woodward Middle School Commons. This is your chance to meet other families with elementary school-age kids who are part of the Tyee Nation, Bainbridge’s YMCA Adventure Guides program. Open to all. Info: www.tyeenation.com.
Christmas in the Country: The 15th annual Christmas in the Country takes place Dec. 5-7. Full details and a downloadable map are at www.christmasinthecountry.info.
Winter Studio Tour: The 25th annual Winter Studio Tour runs 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Dec. 5-7 at venues around the island. For a brochure and complete artist listing, see www.bistudiotour.com.
Voyager Gift Sale: The third annual Voyager Montessori Gift and Craft Sale will take place 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at the school, 8225 High School Rd. You’ll find quality handmade and environmentally friendly crafts available from local artists and the Voyager community. Info: 780-5661 or www.voyagerschool.org.
Santa Photos: Photos will be taken with the big red guy from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 209 at American Marine Bank. Nick Felkey of Bainbridge Photo Lab will shoot in exchange for a $5 donation or a non-perishable food item for Helpline House. Info: www.bainbridgedowntown.org.
Festival of the Table: Suquamish United Church of Christ, 18732 Division, will hold a “Festival of the Table” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, featuring a silent auction of creative centerpieces and gift baskets sponsored by local businesses and individuals. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muppet Christmas Carol: A free screening of this charming film, featuring Michael Caine as Scrooge, will be at 12:45 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Bainbridge Pavilion Cinema. A toy or financial donation to Toys for Tots is appreciated. Info: Cook Family Funeral Home, www.cookfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Youth Writers’ Workshop: How do you create an exciting atmosphere with your writing? In the next Boys’ and Girls’ Club youth writers’ workshop, local author Joe Upton will lead an examination of several dramatic passages, and then participants will write their own. Meet from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Boys’ & Girls’ Club, next to the Aquatic Center. Cost: $10 club members, $20 non-members. Reservcations/info: 855-8486 or email@example.com.
Holidays on the EDGE: BPA’s third annual holiday FUNdraiser takes place at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Bainbridge Performing Arts. Tickets, $25, at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.
Bainbridge Chorale: Don’t miss the Bainbridge Chorale holiday concert, “Tidings of Great Joy,” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Zon Eastes will give a pre-concert lecture, “Grace Notes.” Info: www.bainbridgechorale.org.
O Antiphons: Experience a quiet liturgy designed to ground and center us. The O Antiphons begins at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Grace Episcopal Church. Seven chants are at the heart of this service of prayer, poetry and song. Come welcome in the season of hope and love. Info: www.gracehere.org.
Pool Carnival: Dive in to the holiday pool carnival from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Aquatic Center. Kids will delight in games, prizes, and activities. Kids under 17 pay $5 but can bring an adult for free. Info: 842-2302.
Once Upon a Mattress: Join Bainbridge Performing Arts for a retelling of the beloved Broadway musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” The show runs Dec. 11-21 at BPA, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets, $24/$18, are at www.bainbridgeperformingarts.org.
Boating Course: The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct an American’s Boating Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Bainbridge Island Commons, Kalgren Room, 402 Brien Dr. The course offers recreational boaters a wide variety of information and instruction on safety equipment, boat handling and trailering, navigation, rules of the road, water and weather, federal and state rerquirements for boating and much more. Completion meets Washington state’s mandatory boating educational requirements and graduates can apply for the Boater’s Education Card. Cost: $35. Registration: Joe Dunstan, 780-0523.
Field’s End: Children’s book author George Shannon discusses the topic “Does Size Really Matter? Age of Reader - Length of Book,” from 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Bainbridge Public Library. Shannon is the author of more than 30 books for children, including picture books, folk tales and “puzzlers,” and was recently among this year’s recipients of the Washington State Book Award for “Rabbit’s Gift.” Open to writers of all levels and interests. Info: www.fieldsend.org.
Blood Drives: Puget Sound Blood Center wil hold blood drives from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and 29 at the Senior Center, 370 Brien Dr. (closed 3-3:45 p.m.). Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Night at the Museum: Kids Discovery Museum offers a unique opportunity to welcome the New Year with fun activities for the whole family from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve. We’ll have arts and crafts, movies, exhibit exploration, music, and a New Year’s countdown at midnight. Food and nonalcoholic beverages will be served. Childcare also available for ages 4 and up. Cost: $100 per family; childcare: $75 per child minus $20 for each additional child. Registration/info: 855-4650.